About Fakh (The Trap)

by Léo Soesanto

In Fakh, we gasp for air, not only because of the weight of Egyptian society, but also from the lovers’ embrace. It is the apocalyptic end of a relationship, not unlike the decrepit seaside resort and the rat-infested flat the couple inhabits. With her ruthless documentary-style direction, what Nada Riyadh actually wants is to convey their last tremors and contradictions: "I wanted to question our propensity to demonise the abuser and victimise the abused. I believe they both lose and grab control every time."

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